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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY WRAPUP: FINGERS CROSSED ON CLAYTON KERSHAW'S BACK

There are a ton of injuries striking down big name players across fantasy baseball so time to dust off the "Injury Wrapup" which we use for special occasions like this.

-The biggest "cross your fingers" injury of the day Tuesday was the news that Los Angeles Dodgers ace and by far consensus top pitcher in all of fantasy baseball Clayton Kershaw would be headed to see a back specialist due to ongoing pain.  While Kershaw expressed optimism he would be able to make his Friday start, the fact he is seeing a specialist means this is more than a minor deal.  Results are expected sometime on Wednesday and needless to say Kershaw is one of a handful of guys who is truly irreplaceable in fantasy baseball.  Kershaw is once again redefining the word "dominance" as he sports a 1.79 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, and has struck out a ridiculous 145 batters in 121 innings.  Any loss of a Kershaw start would be a monstrous loss. 

-Kershaw's teammate Joc Pederson bruised the AC joint in his shoulder Tuesday night while making a catch and crashing into the outfield wall.  Pederson came out of the game immediately and headed for testing which revealed the bruise.  Since there were no breaks, Pederson is expected to return in a couple of days.  As far as the numbers are concerned, Pederson once again is quite disappointing with a .236 average but 13 home runs is a nice number in terms of power.  Still Pederson has not shown any of the dynamism he had as a minor leaguer in terms of speed as he has just 4 steals 6 attempts after taking just 4 in 11 attempts a year ago. 

-The rough initial season in Arizona for Diamondbacks ace SP Zack Greinke took another bad turn on Tuesday as he suffered a dreaded oblique strain that likely will send him to the disabled list.  Greinke exited his start after two scoreless innings with the strain and it adds another layer to what has been at times a horrible debut in the desert.  Realizing the differences in moving from a prime pitchers park in Los Angeles to a power park in Arizona, Greinke was destroyed in April to the tune of a 5.50 ERA and 1.46 WHIP.  Greinke began to find himself though from that point on as he logged a much better 3.82/1.12 mark in May and then was dominant in June to the tune of a 1.63/0.91 slash.  Now it is likely Greinke will be out for a few weeks which adds to the frustration.  His days as a fantasy baseball ace are over as long as Greinke resides in Arizona. 

-New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran avoided trouble Tuesday when an MRI came back clean on the sore hamstring that took him out of that night's game after one at-bat.  Beltran is considered day-to-day and will likely man the DH spot more and more in order to preserve his legs.  Beltran is just the latest graybeard hitter to excel this season, having smacked 19 home runs with a shockingly good .297 average to show he is not done yet. 


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